Falken's Smallwood joins ITEC prez/CEO panel

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Richard Smallwood

AKRON (June 26, 2014) — Richard Smallwood, president, CEO and general manager of North America Overseas Tire Sales for Falken Tire Corp., has agreed to participate in the Presidents and CEOs Panel at the upcoming International Tire Exhibition & Conference (ITEC) show for tire dealers and auto service professionals in Orlando, Fla.

Mr. Smallwood joins fellow panelists Chris Ostrander, president of Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.’s North American unit, Tomoshige “Tomo” Mizutani, president Toyo Tire Holdings of Americas Inc. and Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp., and Gordon Knapp, chairman, CEO, COO and president of Bridgestone Americas Tire operations (both consumer and commercial).

The presidents/CEOs panelists are expected to discuss issues of keen interest to tire dealers such as product trends, the Internet's impact on tire sales and marketing, distribution channels, new tire labeling laws, size proliferation and more. Tire Business Editor/Publisher Dave Zielasko will moderate.

The ITEC – Tire Dealers/Auto Service Show will take place Aug. 20-22 at the Caribe Royale All-Suite Hotel in Orlando, Fla., and includes a full slate of educational sessions, a trade show and networking opportunities for tire dealers and auto service professionals.

For more information, visit the ITEC website.

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